Which Plants Should I Choose For My Garden Pond?

“If you throw the pebble in the pond and the rings start circulating that much wider, you’ve done things and created things for people that they didn’t think they’d ever be able to do. That excites me.”- Mindy Grossman

pond3x800Ponds and other water features can be the crown jewels of landscapes when designed and installed properly. Home and business owners who choose to have garden ponds may not know where to start when devising a plan for their perfect pond, especially when it comes to the types of plants to put in and around it.

Aside from the aesthetic appeal of pond plants (think water lilies) they also play an important role in water filtration and maintaining a balanced environment in the water. There are a few categories of plants to consider to benefit the look and function of your garden pond:

Deep Water Plants

Speaking of water lilies, did you know that they don’t actually “float?” Instead, they anchor themselves to the  bottom of water body and grow to the surface so that they appear to float. Deep water plants thrive in, you guessed it, deeper water, and serve as shade for the water and any fish that may be there, too.

Floating Plants

True floating plants like water hyacinth, frog bit and water lettuce sit on the surface of the water and act as filters.

Submerged Plants

Also known as oxygenators, these plants grow completely underwater and help oxygenate the pond through photosynthesis. They also provide great hiding places for fish if you choose to have them. Some submerged plants to consider include water sprite, anacharis and ludwigia.

Bog Plants

Bog plants like water poppy, cattails and zephyr lily grow in shallow water around the edges of garden ponds. While they get most of their nutrients from the soil, they effectively filter the water.

pond10x800At Basnight Land & Lawn, we understand the delicate balance between form and function with garden ponds, water features and landscaping in general. For most homeowners, installing a pond is not a do-it-yourself activity thanks to the highly specific plant needs and filtration technology. Many of the garden pond projects we do actually involve fixing the mistakes of other landscaping companies and DIYers. If you’re interested in adding a pond to your landscape, call us today at (757) 436-9617 or fill out the online contact form.